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The Other

Director: Robert Mulligan, Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky

Cast: Robert Mulligan, Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky

     
 

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This crime thriller with occult overtones puts a spine-tingling twist on the Jungian psychological notion of "the shadow." In the '30s, Holland and Niles Perry are 10-year-old twins growing up on an idyllic farm in the Connecticut countryside. Niles is a wholesome, outgoing lad, loved by the whole family. Holland's brooding mischief causes untold trouble. Eventually,

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This crime thriller with occult overtones puts a spine-tingling twist on the Jungian psychological notion of "the shadow." In the '30s, Holland and Niles Perry are 10-year-old twins growing up on an idyllic farm in the Connecticut countryside. Niles is a wholesome, outgoing lad, loved by the whole family. Holland's brooding mischief causes untold trouble. Eventually, the Perry family experiences a series of tragic accidents which may not be accidents. Unraveling the circumstances of these tragedies is a fascinating and subtle business. This film was adapted by Tom Tryon from his novel The Other and includes a film debut by the famous acting teacher Uta Hagen, as the twins' grandmother.

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Some horror films leave such a chilling impression that they become impossible to forget. The Other is one of these. Adapted by Thomas Tryon from his novel and directed by Robert Mulligan, The Other is a dark, eerie minor masterpiece that is filled with lasting images: a finger wrapped up in a handkerchief, a boy leaping into a pile of hay with a pitchfork in it, the corpse of a baby drowned in a wine barrel. The film focuses on twin brothers living on a New England farm in 1935. Peeling away in layers, the tale reveals a family fraught with tragic accidents that don't appear so accidental. Tryon's three-act script nicely builds up the suspense revealing the evil that resides within one of the boys. However, a disturbing twist at the close of the second act abruptly shifts the direction of the plot and sends the film into a frightening spiral in which all of the truths are finally exposed. As he did with Summer of '42, director Mulligan perfectly captures the time period as well as the essence of childhood. Young stars Chris Udvarnoky and Martin Udvarnoky do an excellent job playing these devious children, but it is Uta Hagen who steals the show as their all-knowing grandmother. Jerry Goldsmith's score is purposely low-key and in keeping with the picture's ominous, downbeat tone. The network television version added a voice-over to the film's final shot.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
UPC:
0024543267614
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
23,723

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Uta Hagen Ada, Grandmother
Diana Muldaur Alexandra
Chris Udvarnoky Niles Perry
Martin Udvarnoky Holland Perry
Norma Connolly Aunt Vee
Victor French Angelini
Christopher Connelly Actor
Loretta Leversee Winnie
Ed Bakey Chan-yu
Francisco Rabal Actor
Lou Frizzell Uncle George
Portia Nelson Mrs. Rowe
Jenny Sullivan Torrie
John Ritter Rider
Clarence Crow Cousin Russell
Jack Collins Mr. P.C. Pretty

Technical Credits
Robert Mulligan Director,Producer
Don Bassman Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph di Bella Makeup
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Albert Brenner Production Designer
O. Nicholas Brown Editor
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Joanne Haas Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Kranze Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Tom Tryon Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Tommy Welsh Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Other
1. Main Titles [1:40]
2. The Ring [4:19]
3. Home Front [3:59]
4. Tattletale [3:59]
5. Not Today [1:10]
6. The Great Game [3:47]
7. An Accident [5:48]
8. Freaks [4:04]
9. Damn Phony [1:00]
10. Magic Trick [1:35]
11. A Brighter Day [4:42]
12. Family Crest [2:31]
13. Summer Fum [2:50]
14. Passed On [3:25]
15. Give It Back [2:35]
16. Scared to Death [2:59]
17. Cold and Dark [:35]
18. No More Games [2:43]
19. Cursed [2:59]
20. Fairy Tales [:20]
21. Broken [4:15]
22. Coming storm [3:15]
23. The Lindbergh Thing [4:52]
24. Angel/End Titles [:35]

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